Windows Vista… An Error or Two

Posted on December 21, 2007

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Windows Vista (pronounced[help] /ˈvɪstə/) is an operating system created by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, Tablet PCs, and media centers. Prior to its announcement on July 22, 2005, Windows Vista was known by its codenameLonghorn“.[1] Development was completed on November 8, 2006; over the following three months it was released in stages to computer hardware and software manufacturers, business customers, and retail channels. On January 30, 2007, it was released worldwide to the general public,[2] and was made available for purchase and downloading from Microsoft‘s web site.[3] The release of Windows Vista comes more than five years after the introduction of its predecessor, Windows XP, making it the longest time span between two releases of Microsoft Windows.

Microsoft’s primary stated objective with Windows Vista has been to improve the state of security in the Windows operating system.[4] One common criticism of Windows XP and its predecessors has been their commonly exploited security vulnerabilities and overall susceptibility to malware, viruses and buffer overflows. In light of this, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates announced in early 2002 a company-wide “Trustworthy Computing initiative” which aims to incorporate security work into every aspect of software development at the company. Microsoft stated that it prioritized improving the security of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 above finishing Windows Vista, thus delaying its completion.[5]

Windows Vista contains hundreds of new and reworked features; some of the most significant include an updated graphical user interface and visual style dubbed Windows Aero, improved searching features, new multimedia creation tools such as Windows DVD Maker, and completely redesigned networking, audio, print, and display sub-systems. Vista also aims to increase the level of communication between machines on a home network using peer-to-peer technology, making it easier to share files and digital media between computers and devices. Windows Vista includes version 3.0 of the .NET Framework, which aims to make it significantly easier for developers to write applications than with the traditional Windows API.

Problems with Vista led to widespread criticism. PC World listed it #1 of “the 15 biggest tech disappointments of 2007,” saying that “many users are clinging to XP like shipwrecked sailors to a life raft, while others who made the upgrade are switching back.”[6] PC Magazine columnist John C. Dvorak notes Vista “has simply not shown any life in the market” and compares it to Microsoft’s Windows ME operating system, asking whether Vista is “destined to be a disdained flop.”[7] Other criticisms of Windows Vista include protracted development time, more restrictive licensing terms, the inclusion of a number of new Digital Rights Management technologies aimed at restricting the copying of protected digital media, lack of device drivers for some hardware, and the usability of other new features such as User Account Control.

– Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

That was an entry by Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org). Now, here is my opinion on Windows Vista.

My Windows Vista experience started sometime Mid-February when my family got a new laptop. At the time I was blown away by the stunning visual appeal that came with Vista. Primarily I loved the new Aero theme. But now that I have my own computer running Vista Ultimate I realise. Its not the eye candy that matters in an operating system, its the horsepower. I realised that the people saying Vista is not good or the people saying “We hate Vista! Get a Mac!” are wrong. Vista is a great OS however I am afraid that Microsoft might be getting carried away with visual apperance and then forgetting about what truly matters… I have disabled one of the RAM hogging Vista effects, the Sidebar. Because I dont really need it. I am also thinking about disabling Aero when my computer starts to run slower. The truth is, I dont care if I am running 2000, 98, XP, 95, Leopard, Ubuntu, etc… As long as the OS that I am using can do what I want it to do.

-Chad

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